Posted by Smokey Stover on March 28, 2004
In Reply to: See that Search box up there ^^^^^? posted by Bob on March 27, 2004
: : What is the origin of the phrase 'out-of -the-box', as aused in 'thinking out-of-the-box'?
: type "outside box" in the Search box, and you'll find a previous discussion
Thinking OUTSIDE the box (which is similar to coloring outside the lines) should not be confused with "out-of-the-box." The latter expression, often preceded by "right" as in "right out of the box," means so new that the speaker hasn't had time to break anything yet, or "brand new."